Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews is the first of the Meg Langslow mysteries. Meg Langslow is part of a BIG family from Yorktown, VA. Her father is a retired doctor, bird watcher and mystery lover. Meg is a blacksmith who creates fancy iron work. Meg has a busy summer ahead of her with the three weddings she is planning. Sorry, is responsible for planning since she is the maid of honor for all three! Things get busier when a visitor to the town is found bludgeoned to death. There are more accidents causing more people to almost die, and some to really do so.
Meg’s father is hot on the trail of the culprit. Will he succumb before the killer is caught? The dishy but sadly gay Michael is Meg’s pillar of support. Then the peacocks Meg somehow managed to acquire for her brother’s wedding start molting. Will Meg keep her life or sanity before the weddings get done?
Donna Andrews excels at writing a fast paced narrative that keeps you turning pages. Some elements I have come to love in the Meg Langslow series are the myriad family characters, life on the Virginia coast and in small southern towns where everyone knows each other, teas and picnics and potlucks with loads of food, the interesting animals or birds that are the theme for every book, and a good mystery at the heart of it all.
If you’ve ever visited the charming East coast of Virginia, or Williamsburg or Charlottesville, a lot of these books and the imagery in them will be very familiar to you. Meg Langslow gets two thumbs up from me. Stay tuned for my reviews of more books from this series.